In 1830, the state legislature called on town leaders to form a Fire Company to work a fire engine for the protection of buildings in Willimantic. By 1832, the Willimantic Fire Engine Company had purchased an engine kwn as the Deluge and began a rich tradition of service to the people of Willimantic. Over the years, various fire companies were formed. From hand-drawn to horse-drawn to motorized equipment, and from loosely organized volunteers to highly professional career firefighters, the Willimantic Fire Department has provided citizens with skilled, trained, and compassionate service. Through photographs, memorabilia, and stories--the majority of which were collected by the firefighters themselves--Firefighting in Willimantic recognizes the traditions and accomplishments of this outstanding department.